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WESTON POINT COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

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Plans for Opening of School to all children  years Rec-6 from  Monday 8th March 2021

 
Dear Parents/Carers
Returning to school is vital for children's education and wellbeing. Given the current position, the government has decided the balance of risk is now in favour of children returning to school and we have been given the green light from the government that it is safe enough for all children to return to school from March 8th. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the low risk from coronavirus.

This letter contains all the information you will need to know about our return to school. The changes we introduced in September worked very well and it is the view of myself and the staff that there is no need to change our September procedures too much
Beginning and end of the day
·         All children MUST be accompanied by an adult  when arriving/leaving (only one adult please). All adults to please wear a face mask.

·         School is accessible through the  bottom school gate  Exit through main car park gate .If you have a pram please use the main gate for entering and exiting.

·         Keep at least a two metre distance from other parents and children that may be arriving at the same time as you.

·         Say goodbye to your child away from the classroom door and let them walk in by themselves.

·         Children should bring the absolute minimum from home – all that is required is a waterproof coat, a water bottle (marked with your child`s name). Do not bring a school bag.Lunch/water bottle can be in a carrier bag.  Nothing else is required or allowed.
·         If you have any messages to pass to teachers please phone the school office and these will be passed to the relevant person. Do not approach the classroom door. Do not approach the office.

 

 

 

·         In order to minimise the number of people on site at the same time we will have a staggered start to the beginning and end of the day as follows:

 
RECEPTION

Start 8.45 children enter through the door off the reception outdoor area.
Finish 2.45 the children will be brought out to you.
 

YEAR 1

Start 9am   Children straight into classroom on arrival   finish 3pm

 parents waiting area infant playground .

 Please note the children will be brought out to you.

YEAR 2

Start 8.45 Children straight into classroom on arrival   finish  2.45

parents waiting area junior playground.

Please note the children will be brought out to you.

YEAR 3

Start 8.45 .Children straight into classroom on arrival .  Finish 2.45 

parent waiting area  . Mr Flanders Memorial garden area

Please note the children will be brought out to you.

YEAR 4

Start  9 am .Children straight into classroom on arrival  .Finish 3pm

Parent waiting area – grassed area to the right of the  memorial garden.

Please note the children will be brought out to you.

YEAR 5

Start 9.15 am children enter through bottom junior entrance straight into classroom on arrival 

3.15 finish  Parent waiting area -  marked  path from bottom gate

Please note the children will be brought out to you.

YEAR 6

Start 9.15 am  Children enter through main entrance

3.15 finish  parent waiting area steps leading to main entrance

CLASS 8

Start 9am   Children straight into classroom on arrival   finish 3pm

 Parents/carers/transport  wait outside classroom door/fire exit ramp.

 

 

Please note the children will be brought out to you.

 

 
Each phase of school has a 15 minute window to bring the children in to school. Do not arrive earlier than your allotted time as you will be asked to wait. Our risk assessment is clear that parents must not congregate which is why we have this staggered approach. It is designed to keep the flow of people moving rather than waiting.  If you have children in more than one year group then please bring them all at the time of the earlier group and collect them at the time of the earlier group. Please note that you cannot collect your children early for appointments etc. Once they are in school they need to remain in school until the standard collection time unless agreed in advance with the head teacher.

Class Structure
·         The government acknowledge that 2 metre social distancing is impossible in a primary school so the safety measures to reduce contact will be Class Bubbles (a constant group of children/adults).

·         Classes will remain as a class throughout the day and will not mix/socialise with other classes.

·         Each class will have its own room and its own resources that will not be shared by other classes.

·         Playtimes and lunches will be staggered to minimise contact with other classes.

·         During playtimes, the classes will not mix, they will have their own designated play area and equipment.

·         It should be acknowledged that within the classes we will not be able to expect 2 metre social distancing however we will encourage it wherever possible.

 

School Meals
If you require your child to have a hot school meal they will be available as normal.
Snack will be available to purchase as normal

Safety and Hygiene
·          Classrooms have been set up carefully to minimise risk.

·         Classes will not mix with each other. There will be social distancing measures in place between each class.

·         Soft resources that cannot be wiped clean are put away, out of reach or removed from the classroom.

·         Children will be given their own resources such as pens, pencils, books etc which will not be shared/used by anyone else.

·         Handwashing will be a priority and will be a key to minimising risk. Children and adults will wash their hands regularly at key points during the day – when arriving at school, before and after break, before and after lunch time, after going to the toilet, sneezing/coughing into their hands and before going home.

·         Soap, paper towels and tissues are available in every classroom along with cleaning resources for wiping down surfaces and shared equipment.

·         We will use the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' saying and ensure tissues are put into a lidded bin.

·          Windows and classroom doors  will be open to ensure good ventilation in the classroom.

 
Behaviour
The Behaviour Policy has been updated to include new expectations relating to Covid-19. Any child deliberately coughing, spitting, putting others at risk through their behaviour will be asked to leave for the rest of the day and not return to school unless they can safely follow the guidance in place.
Medication
·         Please ensure that your child's medication is up to date

·         Children who use asthma inhalers or Epipens should bring them in on the first day and these should be handed to the class teacher.

School Uniform
·         School uniform must be worn

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·         Children should bring their own, clearly labelled water bottle.. Any type of water bottle can be brought as long as it is clearly labelled. This needs to be taken home and washed daily.
 
PE Kit
Your class teacher will tell which day is your PE day. On this day you should wear your PE kit to come to school and keep it on all day. Please note that the only appropriate PE kit is as follows:
·         Black, tracksuit bottoms or  black shorts

·          Plain white T-shirt/polo shirt

·         Black trainers

·         School jumper – to be removed for PE lesson

It is our policy that children should not wear jewellery to school other than simple stud earrings and a watch  These need to be removed for all PE activities and kept safe by the child at their own risk.
Transport

·         With children coming and going at different times there will be a lot more movement of traffic on the school drive. If it is absolutely necessary for you to come to school in a car then please park away from the entrance and walk up to the path. Please do not turn your car in the school drive or do U-turns.. Thank you for your support with this.

   Talking to Teachers
·         Due to the systems in place it will be difficult to talk to your child's teacher at the beginning or end of the school day as we need to keep everyone moving around the site to avoid congestion. Please email or phone the school office to arrange a phone call with the teacher at a time convenient to both of you. Senior members of staff will be out and about on the school site at the beginning and end of the day at various locations where you can leave messages to be passed on to teachers.
      Parents in School
Unfortunately, due to minimising the number of people within the building, parents and carers will not be allowed in to school until the situation has eased further. This means that all pupils will need to be dropped off and collected as detailed earlier . If your child becomes upset please step out of the flow of people, and reassure your child until they are ready to come in. Parental events that usually take place in school will unfortunately not be happening during the spring term.

School Office
The school office is available by phone.

·         There will be no face to face appointments at the moment except in special circumstances . This will be reviewed over the half term.

·         If you have any queries or wish to pass on any messages please phone the office initially for help. Try to avoid email if possible. If the phone is not answered, please leave a message as the answerphone will be monitored regularly between 8:30am and 3:30pm.

·         We will not be sending any letters home with your children.

 
All general communication will be through the school website ,class facebook pages and School Coms. Please check regularly to keep up to date with any changes.

Attendance
In January 2021 when the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was increasing, it was made clear that no parent would be penalised or sanctioned for their child's non-attendance at school.
Now the circumstances have changed and it is vital for all children to return to school. This is to minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children's education, wellbeing and wider development.
Missing out on more time in the classroom risks children falling further behind. School attendance will therefore be compulsory again from the 8th March This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
·         parents' duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;

·         schools' responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence;

·         the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities' codes of conduct.

We now know much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so in future there will be far fewer children advised to shield whenever community transmission rates are high. Therefore, the majority of children will be able to return to school. You should note however that:
 a small number of children will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) if rates of the disease rise in local areas, children (or family members) from that area, and that area only, will be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore they may be temporarily absent

 Some pupils, no longer required to shield, but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school (usually at their next planned clinical appointment). You can find more advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at COVID-19 - 'shielding' guidance for children and young people.
Illness
·         Children should not come to school if they are in any way ill and particularly if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 i.e. a high temperature, new persistent cough, a sore throat, sore eyes, loss of sense of smell and taste, vomiting and diarrhoea, a rash etc.

·         You must contact the school office as usual if your child is going to be absent.

·         You must inform school immediately if your child or anyone in the household has COVID-19 symptoms or is tested positive.

·         You will need to collect your child immediately if they become ill whilst at school.

·         Absences will be authorised if your child or anyone in your family has been advised to self-isolate.

 
NHS Test and Trace and Self-Isolation
Parents MUST comply with the NHS Test and Trace system i.e. if you are advised by the NHS or Public Health that you or your children should self-isolate because of contact with someone who has tested positive, you MUST do so. To ignore this advice could seriously compromise the safety of our whole school community and result in school closure.

·         You MUST follow the advice of school to have your children/ family tested if your child has shown symptoms of COVID-19.

·         Children who have shown symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted back to school for 7 days without proof of a negative test result (their siblings will not be permitted within 10 days without proof of a negative test).

 Educational Visits
There will be no educational visits in the spring term that involve any transport. Local walks may take place in order to enhance the curriculum learning.
Collective Worship
There will be no gathering in the hall for assemblies. Collective worship will take place in the classrooms. 

 

Children should not wear masks in school as their handling can present a hygiene hazard to other children. Face coverings or masks worn on public transport should be removed at the school gate.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back. I know we can rely on your continued support to enable us to do this safely by following the points detailed above. Your support is a constant reassurance for us.
In the first few weeks our focus will be:
      

·         Settling everybody back into a school routine.

·         Building up the children's confidence, resilience and re-establishing friendships.
·         Gauging where the children are in terms of their learning, then building on top of the knowledge and skills that they have retained.
·         Supporting children to re-establish their positive attitudes to learning and independence
·         Back-filling any gaps in knowledge to ensure they swiftly make progress in their learning
·          We understand the last  8 weeks have been challenging and we want our personal, social and health education (PSHE) to fully support our children.
In terms of our Recovery Curriculum, from a Mental Health and wellbeing perspective, both key stage 1 and key stage 2 have a bank of resources to use: powerpoint presentations, conversation cards, social stories and worksheets. We have introduced Mental Health ambassadors (Year 6 pupils) to continue to  lead from the front. It is definitely time to talk but some children might struggle with this so we have in place strategies for children to communicate without using words like Art therapy.

Please note that all of our planned arrangements and risk assessments will continue to be subject to regular review and may be changed at short notice if we find they are not working or Government guidelines change.

I look forward to the community that is Weston Point getting back together and moving forward after what has been an awful time for us all.

Kind regards
Noreen Curphey



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Weston Point Primary School​

Castner Avenue

Runcorn

Halton

WA7 4EQ 


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Updated
 12/2/2021


 

Head teacher: Miss N Curphey

head.westonpoint@halton.gov.uk

Secretary: ​Mrs C Williams 

Email: sec.westonpoint@halton.gov.uk

Telephone: 01928 574 593

Deputy head: Mr T Paul

​​                                 tom.paul@westonpoint.halton.sch.uk                                                            ​         SENCO: Mr C Mellor       ​                             christopher.mellor@westonpoint.halton.sch.uk

Chair of Governing Body: Glenys Bellfield​​

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Dates For Your Diary

​School closed for half term 12.02.2021

School reopens 23.02.2021


 


 


 

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Welcome to

Weston Point Community Primary School​​​​​​​​​​ 

Weston Point Community Primary School aims to nurture the all round development of every pupil. In order to achieve this, we set out to: 

To create a secure, happy, caring environment, where children and  staff can develop their full potential, intellectually, physically and spiritually, having equal opportunities and receiving an education of quality suited to their specific need.

To treat each child as an individual, recognising his/her achievement and rewarding success.

We  endeavour to foster the child's confidence in his/her abilities and enable them to adopt  skills  and strategies to become, where practicable, independent learners.

We aim to encourage the concepts of fair play and fair mindedness. 

To provide a lively, stimulating curriculum in which the children are given a firm grounding in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy and having access to the National Curriculum and its assessment. In so doing, we endeavour to extend the child's perceptive and creative skills. Our teaching of the core subjects is  directed through the outlines of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, and specific Science teaching.  The foundation  subjects are taught, initially, through an imaginative cross-curricular approach, becoming more subject based as the child progresses through the school, and providing as many first hand experiences as possible.

To foster a partnership between the school and the wider the community, encouraging respect for the environment. This partnership is also vital in the working together of staff, parents and governors for the benefit of the children. 

We are a school that likes to celebrate success – at every level. The life of the school is driven by enthusiasm and a desire to achieve. We aim to bring learning alive, making it exciting and stimulating. We want to give our children a thirst for learning that continues with them throughout their future school experiences and lives. An essential ingredient for this to happen is teamwork. We view education as a joint venture, involving everyone – children, parents, staff, Governors and the wider community. We hope that we will be able to depend on your co-operation and support in this partnership, hoping that together we can provide the best for every child.

 

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Important information if your child is unwell.​
INFLUENZA - Stay at home, rest and sleep.
Download information sheet: Influenza Sept 2018
DIARRHOEA AND VOMITING -
Stay at home and get plenty of rest. Keep
children away from school for at least 48 hours
after the last episode of diarrhoea/vomiting.
Download information sheet:OUTBREAKS OF DIARRHOEA AND VOMITING OCT 2018

 
​​Remember— Punctuality is important .

Valuable teaching time can be lost if your child is late.

Key Stage 2  children all have a homework diary, can you please  check the diary and sign it each week. Remember this diary can be an important means of communication

between home and school.

School Session Times

A.M  9.00 —12.00 (Rec /KS1)

          9.00 – 12.15 (KS2)

Lunch 12.00—1.00 (Rec /KS1)

           12.15—1.00 (KS2)

P.M

1.00— 3.00 ( Rec /KS1)

1.00— 3.05 (KS2)

Children should arrive on the playground  no earlier than  8.50 am.

 

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It has been observed that the parking of motor vehicles in the vicinity of Weston Point Primary School , are parked in such a manner as to cause unnecessary obstruction to other road users and a danger to your children and their friends making their way to and from school.

Incidents of vehicles parking:

On the pavement causing an obstruction to pedestrians, which is enforceable by way of £30 fixed penalty notice.Parking on or near to a junction obstructing the line of sight, which is enforceable by way of £30 fixed penalty notice.

Parking near to the school gates on the hatch markings obstructing the line of sight, which is enforceable by way of £30 fixed penalty notice.

We are, therefore, asking for the co-operation of yourself and other users of your vehicle in this matter, in order to help in reducing the risk of accidents occurring at the location. Please, if you must drive your children to or from school park well away from the school entrance and at a location which will not cause obstruction or a danger to any other person. As soon as your child is safely in the school or car, drive away promptly and safely, bearing in mind those children who are arriving/ leaving on foot. 

Finally, we much prefer to rely upon the willing co-operation of road users to reduce the hazards described above.  Unfortunately, if that co-operation is not forthcoming, enforcement measures by fixed penalty or court proceedings may be the only alternative.

   


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​​Weston Point Primary School

Castner Avenue

Runcorn

Halton

WA7 4EQ​

Email: head.westonpoint@halton.gov.uk

Telephone: 01928 574 593

Head teacher: Miss N Curphey

Secretary: ​Mrs C Williams 


   Chair of Governing  body: Glenys Bellfield


 

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OUR SCHOOL DAY​


 

The school day begins at 9:00am and finishes at 3:00 for the Infants, and 3:05 for the Juniors.

Morning Playtimes:

At 10:30am, all of the children in school have a morning break time. Break time is between 10:30 and 10:45. Children who wish to have a morning snack, are served a selection of fruit or toast and a drink of water or milk from the hatch in the dining room. Each snack item costs 20 pence.

Lunch:

Children in Key Stage 1 have their lunch at 12:00, and Key Stage 2 begin their lunch break at 12:15. Lunch times all end at 1:00.

Afternoon Playtimes:

All children in Key Stage One have an afternoon playtime between 2:00 and 2:15. During this playtime, the children are provided with a small piece of fruit.

 

Drop-off and collection:

At the beginning and the end of the school day, parents are encouraged into the playground. This helps to build up a close relationship between home and school – we want to have good links with all parents and carers. If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset. Children in Key Stage 2 can be collected by the door next to pre-school, at home time.

Getting to school:

To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option! There are lots of benefits; it's healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety of pedestrians and road-users, and it respects nearby residents and parking regulations. Alternatively, we have bike racks. If you do need to travel by car, we have spaces to park your vehicles, opposite the entrance to school.

 

​Punctuality It is a parent's responsibility to ensure their children arrive at school on time. Lateness can disrupt the learning of others and can result in a pupil feeling greater stress and achieving poorer outcomes.

 Every school, by law, has to register pupils twice a day; first thing in the morning at the start of the school day, and again in the afternoon session. If a pupil fails to attend or arrives late they will be marked as an absence for that session.

Research shows a close link between attendance at school and a child's achievement. Being late adds up to a loss of learning.

All time out of school affects learning and achievement for pupils. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time.Any child who arrives after registration should go to the School Office with parent/guardian .Parent/guardian will be asked to sign The Late Book .This is a  Health and Safety  matter as we require a written record of all children in school.


 

THE AIMS OF THE SCHOOL

 

Weston Point Community Primary School aims to nurture the all round development of every pupil. In order to achieve this, we set out to:

 

 

To create a secure, happy, caring environment, where children and  staff can develop their full potential, intellectually, physically and spiritually, having equal opportunities and receiving an education of quality suited to their specific need.

 

 

To treat each child as an individual, recognising his/her achievement and rewarding success.

 

 

We  endeavour to foster the child's confidence in his/her abilities and enable them to adopt  skills  and strategies to become, where practicable, independent learners.

 

 

We aim to encourage the concepts of fair play and fair mindedness.

 

 

To provide a lively, stimulating curriculum in which the children are given a firm grounding in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy and having access to the National Curriculum and its assessment. In so doing, we endeavour to extend the child's perceptive and creative skills. Our teaching of the core subjects is  directed through the outlines of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, and specific Science teaching.  The foundation  subjects are taught, initially, through an imaginative cross-curricular approach, becoming more subject based as the child progresses through the school, and providing as many first hand experiences as possible.

To foster a partnership between the school and the wider the community, encouraging respect for the environment. This partnership is also vital in the working together of staff, parents and governors for the benefit of the children.

 

We are a school that likes to celebrate success – at every level. The life of the school is driven by enthusiasm and a desire to achieve. We aim to bring learning alive, making it exciting and stimulating. We want to give our children a thirst for learning that continues with them throughout their future school experiences and lives. An essential ingredient for this to happen is teamwork. We view education as a joint venture, involving everyone – children, parents, staff, Governors and the wider community. We hope that we will be able to depend on your co-operation and support in this partnership, hoping that together we can provide the best for every child.


 


 

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